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Will South Florida businesses be able to enforce face masks?

Jesse Phillips
Bartender Jesse Phillips wears a protective mask and gloves as he pours wine at the Riverside Hotel’s Boathouse restaurant during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Hotels, beaches and gyms reopened throughout Broward County Tuesday after being closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The mask mandate has been a hot button issue for many South Florida business owners and patrons.

So what are your rights as a customer and business owner?

Better safe than sorry.

Inside the Hobe Sound Beach Shop, even the mannequins are wearing mask.

McLaughlin said Ninety-nine% of the people that come here are happy to mask up.

They prefer it and they feel safer,” said Barb McLaughlin, the owner of the Beach Shop.

Micheal Westheimer, a lawyer with GED Lawyers in Boca Raton, said private companies can have their own protocol.

“Local businesses can still enact their own policies as it relates to the health, safety and welfare of it’s population, “Westheimer said.

Westheimer said you can’t be fined or arrested for not wearing a mask inside a business that requires it, but the store can enforce it.

“They legally have the right to make you leave, as it doesn’t prohibit them from any other violation of other violation of other applicable laws,” Westheimer.